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Part chamber music, part film and theater, this shape-shifting work explores the ghost stories of 19th-century writer Lafcadio Hearn.
Lafcadio Hearn’s great-great grandniece, Jean Laurenz, a vocalist and trumpet player, and multimedia sound artist Maria Finkelmeier, explore the turbulent undertones and uncanny narratives of his celebrated macabre stories. Finkelmeier and Laurenz weave together sound and story to explore memory, ancestry, and the supernatural. Through this multilayered work, audiences will create their own sensory entrance into life’s deepest questions—questions whose fibers weave into every ghost story, spiritual mantra, and subliminal experience. (Program approx. 50 mins.)
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Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician and multisensory artist. She is currently the assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a performer, Laurenz has enjoyed appearances with Adele, the Hanson Brothers, the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Primarily a chamber musician, she frequents the genre with innovative ensembles including Seraph Brass, the Knights, A Far Cry, Alarm Will Sound, and with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. Laurenz is also a vocalist and stage performer who enjoys multidimensional artistic performances that combine theater, singing, trumpet, and collaborative arts. Laurenz holds degrees in trumpet performance and choral education from Yale University and Northwestern University. She is a passionate educator, social activist, and teaching artist. Laurenz has curated interactive youth and community concerts for Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony, and Handel and Haydn Society.
Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, public artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur, who was named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe and Boston’s Best 2018 "Creative Catalyst" by the Improper Bostonian. She has created large-scale multimedia works in public spaces from Cincinnati to Northern Sweden, with several locations in Boston, including Fenway Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, Edison Power Plant, and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. Finkelmeier finds music, narrative, and collaboration in unexpected places. She’s created entire works from found, nontraditional sounds and transformed iconic structures into percussive playgrounds. She’s been commissioned by the National Parks Service, BLINK Cincinnati, TEDx Cambridge, New Gallery Concert Series, i = u festival, the Illuminus Festival, Boston Center for the Arts, and the Outside the Box Festival. In 2018, she released her debut album as a composer A Line that Terminates at the Present. An experienced entrepreneur, Finkelmeier has founded and directed numerous creative ventures, including her creative multimedia studio, MF Dynamics, along with Kadence Arts, Make Music Boston, Quartet Kalos, Masary Studios, and Ensemble Evolution. She is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music.
PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYDoris Duke Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYOhio Department of DevelopmentGreater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Wexner FamilyInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesOhio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the ArtsCampusParcOhio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery ThemeThe Columbus FoundationNationwide FoundationVorys, Sater, Seymour, and PeaseADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYMike and Paige CraneAxium PackagingNancy KramerOhio State Energy PartnersOhio History Fund/Ohio History ConnectionLarry and Donna JamesBruce and Joy SollRebecca Perry Damsen and Ben TowleJones DayAlex and Renée Shumate
Presented by The Ohio State University Office of Academic Affairs and the Wexner Center for the Arts
Jean Laurenz, Maria Finkelmeier, and Greg Jukes